Tag Archives: Magical Creatures

Dragon Rider

by Cornelia Funke

Conditional Recommendation: A dragon, a brownie, and a boy set off on a quest to find the Rim of Heaven, a safe place for dragons to live, before humans invade their home or an ancient villain catches them.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: It was a standalone until 2018 when Funke published the companion novel, Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather
Pages: 523
Published: 2005 (English), 1997 (German)

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

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The Tower of Geburah (The Archives of Anthropos #1)

by John White

Conditional Recommendation: Three Canadian children fall through television sets to land in a world where they have to escape captivity, help free a king, and defeat the powers of evil.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: The Archives of Anthropos, Book One
Pages: 402
Published: 1978

Genre: Christian Fantasy/Allegory

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Ella Enchanted

by Gail Carson Levine

Unconditional Recommendation: In this fairytale retelling, Ella, cursed by a fairy to obey every command, sets out to break her curse and protect those she loves.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 232
Published: 1997
Genre: Fairytale, Fantasy

Awards: Newbery Honor (1998), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature (1999), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Teen Book (1999), Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award for Grade 6-9 (2000), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (1999)

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Eragon (Inheritance #1)

by Christopher Paolini

Conditional Recommendation: A fifteen-year-old farm boy discovers a dragon egg and when the egg hatches, he begins an adventure involving dragons, magic, an evil king, and fantastical creatures.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Inheritance #1
Hardcover: 497 pages
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (2003)

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The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia #6)

by C.S. Lewis

Conditional Recommendation: When Digory and Polly are tricked into another world and return with a witch, they try to set things right but accidentally end up in a new land where they witness Aslan creating Narnia.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 6 (original publication order)
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (Originally published 1955 by Bodley Head)

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A World Without Heroes (Beyonders #1)

by Brandon Mull

Conditional Recommendation: A thirteen-year-old boy accidentally falls into a fantastical world and is thrust on a dangerous mission to overthrow an evil and clever king.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Beyonders (#1)
Hardcover: 457 pages
Publisher: Aladdin (March 15, 2011)

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The Two Princesses of Bamarre

by Gail Carson Levine

Unconditional Recommendation: A timid young princess finds her courage when she faces fantastical creatures on her quest to find the knowledge to save her beloved sister.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 241
Published: 2001
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale

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A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1)

A Wrinkle In Timeby Madeleine L’Engle

Unconditional Recommendation: With classic themes of family, friendship, courage, self-acceptance, and good triumphing over evil, this book is a mind-bending sci-fi fantasy sure to stretch the reader’s imagination.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Time Quintet #1
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1962)
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Award: John Newberry Award

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